What makes a home green / Guides

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...a sacrifice you are making. A green home usually translates into financial savings and improved quality of life. And it all starts with a home of a reasonable s...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept, design and architecture

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...ans less land to excavate, less materials to manufacture and ship, less space to heat, less space to cool, less taxes to pay, less to clean. And they are always...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...and multi-family towers have been a prevalent part of the urban landscape for decades. Not so long ago, the dream of a detached home began to disappear for many...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...at most homes from the early 70’s and older have lead paint in the walls so if you’re gutting it at all wear a good respirator. Lead paint by the way, once pain...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...ate pre-fabricated wall solutions because factory assembly can ensure a high quality and material conservation. Avoiding drywalling over planned window area...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...able. According to Pearce, many manufacturers are unnecessarily concerned about this leading to potential failures. To counteract what he considers a false...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...home and in many cases the advantages can outweigh the disadvantages. We also have an air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater that borrows ...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...all © The Bahia Studio A living wall (also known as a green wall, plant wall or vertical garden) is not a cheap feature to add to a home, but it can hav...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...home design - active and passive. An active solar home has an expensive array of panels; either photovoltaic for power generation or thermal solar for heat coll...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...A market study by AVID Ratings Canada for the Canadian Home Builders' Association ( CHBA ) surveyed 12,000 homebuyers across Canada to see what Canadians are lo...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...a free home assessment, water conservation measures, programmable thermostat and weatherization services (e.g., insulation and air sealing). Adaptive Thermostat...

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